Dannii showed home birth safe

Interested in home birth, hospital birth or private midwifery care? Questions or comments? Email Melissa Maimann or call 0400 418 448. The obstetricians are determined to use Dannii's birth as "proof" that homebirth is inherently risky. Just as their assertion is untrue, so is the assertion of the title of this article that states that "Dannii showed home birth safe".

What Dannii's birth highlighted is several issues: - The safety of birth with a midwife - The importance of good back-up plans - The need for mental and emotional preparation (as best a possible) for all eventualities (often lacking in hospital birth) - The need for acceptance in the medical community of midwifery and homebirth. These are options that increasing numbers of women are choosing.

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A YACKANDANDAH mother says the fact Dannii Minogue abandoned her home birth to have her baby at hospital signifies the safety of the practice rather than its dangers.

... obstetrician Pieter Mourik said ... the ... drama ... should bring home the dangers of home births.

I'm not clear how a timely transfer brings home the danger of homebirth. If we're realistic, a percentage of homebirth plans will change to hospital at some stage of the pregnancy, labour or shortly after the birth. This is called accessing the most appropriate level of care to meet the woman's needs. Hospital birth is an unnecessary intervention in a healthy woman's pregnancy. Homebirth delivers safer outcomes and greater satisfaction and breastfeeding rates. The Government ought to be finding ways of promoting it as a public health issue. There are no other healthy life processes that we routinely go to hospital for. We go to hospital or a doctor if we have a problem with a healthy life process (digestion, elimination, menstruation etc) but not in the absense of pathology.

... Donna Jones, who had her second child at home, said it showed home birth participants and their midwives were prepared for the risk.

“The fact that she has transferred to hospital to me suggests that she had a really great midwife who said ‘you know what, it’s time to go and get some help’,” Mrs Jones said.

“To me a home birth transferred to a hospital is not a failure or a disaster.

“It’s just that obviously for whatever reason, it couldn’t happen at home, so the midwife has said let’s go to the hospital we’ve already booked into and get the medical help you require.”

Mrs Jones said the attraction for her to home births was to avoid the adrenalin that affected the natural process.

“The hormonal process is affected by adrenalin which is caused by fear and at hospitals you have doctors and midwives you mightn’t know, it’s a strange environment, you have bright lights — they’re all the sorts of things that leads to everything going wrong in deliveries,” she said.

“I see that as a greater risk than having a home birth.

“At home, you’ve got a midwife who you have been preparing with for months.

“I was confident in my body’s ability to give birth if I was left alone to get along with it.”

... “There needs to be more choices for people when it comes to birthing,” ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448